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Making the PHPBenelux Conference happen

Thys Feryn, one of the organisers of the PHPBenelux conference, wrote a lengthy article about what it takes to organize a big conference.

The PHPBenelux Conference edition 2016 took place last week in Antwerpen (Belgium). As an organizer, I’m really happy with the end result. I like to think that our attendees, speakers and sponsors also enjoyed it. It’s the 7th time we organize the PHPBenelux Conference and every year we try to introduce something new. Although the 7 years of experience and the well-organized crew have made it a lot easier to organize, it’s still a lot of work.

This post gives you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize the PHPBenelux Conference. It will reflect our passion, our strengths and our weaknesses.


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Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.
  • bramus

    Related: the organisers of very first editions of Fronteers (and other conferences after that) have put together the Conference Organiser’s Handbook — http://www.quirksmode.org/coh/